Peru’s embattled president takes drastic step as fertiliser and fuel prices soar and Brazil seeks to open Indigenous territory to mining

In a televised address just before midnight on Monday, Castillo announced a curfew from 2am until 11.59pm on Tuesday, claiming the measure would “protect the fundamental rights of all people”.

Castillo said the curfew was a response to “violent acts certain groups have created by blocking free transit” on roads in and out of the capital, where about a third of Peru’s 33 million citizens live.

But the move has been widely criticised as excessive and improvised and a sign of Castillo’s increasingly shaky grip on power. In just eight months in office, he has survived two impeachment attempts and rattled through four cabinets and an unprecedented number of ministers.

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